Nation Radio - July 28, 2012

July 29 2012 02:09PM

It's summer but there's still lots of hockey to talk about. Shane Doan is the league's foremost free agent and is rumoured to be going just about everywhere. In Edmonton, Nail Yakupov is now under contract and discussions on the new downtown arena are ongoing. 

Allan Mitchell (better known as Lowetide) talks about all this and more with guests David Staples, Jonathan Willis, Kirk Luedeke, Cam Davie and Jeff Krushell.

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So how many folks actually got demoted to the AHL last season?

JP Nikota
July 26 2012 03:23PM

No, I mean besides anyone who has been traded to Columbus. Fans are often quick to dismiss a player's role on a team, and suggest that the player be sent to an AHL affiliate in order to free the NHL team of the cap hit. Fans of teams in larger markets are assuredly the biggest offenders, and it makes sense - their teams are the ones that can afford it.

I have put together a list of all the players with one-way SPC deals, a minimum of 82 games played in the NHL, and who were demoted to their club's respective AHL affiliate. I've also checked, in cases where the AHL stay is brief, to make sure that none of these players were simply on a conditioning stint.

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Doan's Camp Likely to "Get Aggressive" Next Week, Canucks on the Shortlist

Thomas Drance
July 26 2012 01:44PM

Shane Doan has been extraordinarily patient with the money-losing Phoenix Coyotes, a club without an owner that he's captained for the past decade. According to Doan's agent Terry Bross, his client may decide to pursue other opportunities with a greater degree of seriousness beginning tomorrow if a new ownership group isn't in place. To quote Bross, who appeared with on David Pratt's CKNW show "Sports Talk" on Wednesday night in the 9 PM PST slot, Doan has, "been told [the ownership situation] should be resolved by Friday, if it's not then the writing could be on the wall."

The Canucks are one of the many teams interested in acquiring the rugged, 36 year old "power-forward", which, we've known for a while. According to Bross they're also among a smaller group of clubs who would qualify for Doan's "short-list." 

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Delivering the Sauce - Alex Edler's Next Contract

Jeff Angus
July 26 2012 09:51AM

With the Shea Weber-to-Vancouver pipedream on hold for a year dead, the Canucks (and their fans) now have to shift their attention back in house. Alex Edler, the club’s best defenseman, has one year left on his current contract (a four-year deal he signed back in 2010). The Canucks can extend his contract at any point this summer or throughout the 2012-13 season, but the same correlation of forces that incentivized Weber to "utilize" the current CBA and sign a lifetime extension before it expires in September, are at play.

Edler is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and should he hit the open market, the demand would be extraordinary. That said, he has some incentive to extend his deal at some point in the next seven weeks...

Read on past the jump to find out my thoughts on Edler's next contract.

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In their Infinite Weise-dom, Canucks Again Avoid Arbitration

Thomas Drance
July 25 2012 12:43PM


During Mike Gillis' tenure as General Manager of the Canucks, we've seen the team narrowly avoid arbitration on a nearly annual basis. The team has skipped going through the arbitration process Mason Raymond twice, they settled on a three year deal with Jannik Hansen on the eve of his hearing last summer, and cowed Shane O'Brien into accepting his qualifying offer in the summer of 2010. With the exception of Kyle Wellwood, Mike Gillis and company have never allowed an arbitrator to set the price-point for any of the club's contracts, a trend which will continue as the Canucks and fourth line winger Dale Weise have reportedly settled on a one year deal.

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